CNN Special Report Almost President Agony of Defeat CNN August 31, 2016 6:31pm-7:00pm PDT
number one, number work the number three. >> all right. hang on. >> you see him there. donald trump right now taking stage in phoenix. about to deliver his speech on immigration. what will we learn about his policies? let's listen in. ♪ ♪ god bless the usa ♪ proud to be an american where at least i know i'm free ♪ ♪ and i won't forget >> what a crowd. what a beautiful crowd. thank you. thank you. wow! that's a lot of people, phoenix.
that's a lot of people. thank you very much. thank you. [ crowd chanting ] >> thank you, phoenix. i am so glad to be back in arizona. a state that has a very, very special place in my heart. i love the people of arizona and together we are going to win the white house in november. now, you know, this is where it all began for me. remember that massive crowd also. so i said, let's go have some fun tonight. we're going to arizona. okay? thank you.
this will be a little bit different. this won't be a rally speech per se. instead i'm going to deliver a detailed policy address on one of the greatest challenges facing our country today, illegal immigration. i've just landed, having returned from a very important and special meeting with the president of mexico. a man i like and respect very much, and a man who truly loves his country, mexico. and by the way, just like i am a man who loves my country, the united states. we agreed on the importance of ending the illegal flow of
drugs, cash, guns and people across our border, and to put the cartels out of business. we also discussed the great contributions of mexican american citizens to our two countries, my love for the people of mexico and the leadership and friendship that we have between mexico and the united states. it was a thoughtful and substantive conversation and it will go on for a while, and in the end, we're all going to win. both countries. we're all going to win. this is the first of what i expect will be many, many conversations and in a trump administration, we're going to go about creating a new
relationship between our two countries. but it is going to be a fair relationship. we want fairness. but to fix our immigration system, we must change our leadership in washington and we must change it quickly. sadly, sadly, there is no other way. the truth is, our immigration system is worse than anybody ever realized. but the facts are not known because the media won't report on them. the politicians won't talk about them. and the special interests spend a lot of money trying to cover them up because they are making an absolute fortune. that's the way it is. today on a very complicated and very difficult sub, you will get
the truth. the fundamental problem with the immigration system in our country is that it serves the needs of wealthy donors, political activists, and powerful, powerful politicians. that's all you can do. thank you. thank you. let me tell you who it does not serve. it does not serve you, the american people. doesn't serve you. when politicians talk about immigration reform, they usually mean the following. amnesty, open borders, lower wages, immigration reform. should mean something else entirely. it should mean improvements to our laws and policies, to make
life better for american citizens. but if we're going to make our immigration system work, then we have to be prepared to talk honestly and without fear about these important and very sensitive issues. for instance, we have to listen to the concerns that working people, our forgotten working people, have over the record pace of immigration and its impact on their jobs, wages, housing, schools, tax bills and general living conditions. these are valid concerns expressed by decent and patriotic citizens from all back grounds all over. we also have to be honest about the fact that not everyone who seeks to join our country will
be able to successfully a simulate. sometimes it is not going to work out. it is our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us. then there is the issue of security. countless innocent american lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws like they have to be enforced. i admit with many of the great parents who lost their children to sanctuary cities and open
borders. so many people. so many, many people. so sad. they will be joining me on the stage in a little while. and i look forward to introducing -- these are amazing, amazing people. countless americans who have died in reason years would be alive today if not for the open border policies of this administration and the administration that causes this horrible, horrible thought process. it is called hillary clinton. this includes incredible americans like 21-year-old sarah root, the man who killed her arrived at the border, entered federal custody, and then was released into the u.s. -- think of it. into the u.s. community under the policies of the white house,
barack obama and hillary clinton. weak. weak, weak policies. weak and foolish policies. he was released again after the crime and now he is out there at large. sarah had graduated from college with a 4.0, top student in her class. one day before her death. also among the victims of the obama/clinton open border policy was grant roanebeck. a 21-year-old convenience store clerk and a really good guy from mesa, arizona. a lot of you have known about gran. he was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member previously convicted of burglary, who had also been released from federal
custody and they knew it was going to happen again. another victim is kate steinley, gunned down in a sanctuary city of san francisco by an illegal immigrant deported five previous times. and they knew he was no good. then there is the case of 90-year-old earl olander who was brutally beaten and left to bleed to death. 90 years old and defenseless. the perpetrators were illegal immigrants with criminal records a mile long who did not meet obama administration standards for removal. and they knew it was going to
happen. in california, a 64-year-old air force veteran, a great woman according to everybody that knew her, marilyn farris, was sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a hammer. her killer had been arrested on multiple occasions but was never, ever deported despite the fact that everybody wanted him out. a 2011 report from the government accountability office found that illegal immigrants and other noncitizens in our prisons and jails together had around 25,000 homicide arrests to their names. 25,000. on top of that, illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year. and this is what we get. for the money we are going to
spend on illegal immigration over the next ten years, we could provide 1 million at risk students with a school voucher which so many people are wanting. while there are many illegal immigrants in our country who are good people, many, many, this doesn't change the fact most illegal immigrants are lower skilled workers with less education who compete directly against vulnerable american workers and that these illegal workers draw much more out from the system than they can ever possibly pay back and they're hurting a lot of our people that cannot get jobs under any circumstances. but these facts are never reported. instead, the media and my opponent discuss one thing and
only one thing. the needs of people living here illegally, in many cases, by the way, they're treated better than our vets. not going to happen anymore, folks. november 8. not going to happen anymore. the truth is, the central issue is not the needs of the 11 million illegal immigrants, or however many there may be, and honestly, we've been hearing that number for years. it is always 11 million. our government has no idea.
it could be 3 million. it could be 30 million. they have no idea what the number is. frankly, our government has no idea what they are doing on many, many fronts, folks. but whatever the number, that has never really been the central issue. it will never be a central issue. it doesn't matter from that standpoint. anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in washington. only the out of touch media elites think the biggest problem facing american side -- you know this, you know this, this is what they talk about, facing
american society today is that there are 11 million illegal immigrants who don't have legal status. and they also think the biggest thing, and you know this, is not nuclear, it is not isis, it is not russia, it is not china, it is global warming. to all the politicians, donors and special interests. hear these words from me and all of you today. there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and that issue is, the wellbeing of the american people. [ cheers and applause ]
nothing even comes a close second. hillary clinton, for instance, talks constantly about her fears that families will be separated. but she's not talking about the american families who have been permanently separated from their loved ones because of a preventable homicide. because of a preventable death. because of murder. no. she's only talking about families who come here in violation of the law. we will treat everyone living or residing in our country with great dignity. so important. we will be fair, just and compassionate to all. but our greatest compassion must be for our american citizens.
[ chanting ] >> thank you. president obama and hillary clinton -- have engaged in gross dereliction of duty by surrendering the safety of the american people to open borders, and you know it better than anybody right here in arizona. you know it. president obama and hillary clinton support sanctuary cities. they support tax and release on the border. they support visa overstays. they support the release of dangerous, dangerous, dangerous criminals from detention.
and they support unconstitutional executive amnesty. hillary clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide obamacare, social security, and medicare for illegal immigrants breaking the federal budget. on top of that, she promises uncontrolled, low skilled immigration that continues to reduce jobs and wages for american workers and especially for african-american and hispanic workers within our country, our citizens. most incredibly, this is
single question, let me tell you about my plan. and you notice -- and you notice all the time for weeks and weeks they're debating my plan, what about this, what about that. they never even mention her plan about immigration. they don't want to get into the quagmire. she doesn't know what she's doing, except open the doors and let everybody in. my plan was crafted with the input from federal immigration officers, very great people, among the top immigration experts anywhere in this country who represent workers, not corporations. very important to us. i also worked with lawmakers who led on this issue on behalf of
>> and mexico will pay for the wall. believe me. hundred percent. they don't know it yet, but they're going to pay for the wall. and they're great people and great leaders, but they're going to pay for the wall. on day one we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. we will use the best technology, including above and below ground sensors, that's the tunnels. remember that above and below.
towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels and mexico, you know that, will work with us. i really believe it. mexico will work with us. i absolutely believe it. and especially after meeting with their wonderful, wonderful president today, i really believe they want to solve this problem along with us and i'm sure they will. number two, we are going to end catch and release. we catch 'em? go ahead. we catch 'em, go ahead. under my administration anyone who illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country and back to the country from which
they came. and they'll be brought great distances. we're not dropping them right across. they learned that. president eisenhower. they'd drop them right across and they'd come back. then when they flew them to long distance, all of a sudden that was the end. we will take them great distances, but we will take them to the country where they came from. okay? number three, number three, this is the one, i think it's so great, it's hard to believe people don't even talk about it. zero tolerance for criminal aliens. zero. zero. zero. they don't come in here, they don't come in here.
according to federal data, there are at least 2 million -- 2 million, think of it -- criminal aliens now inside of our country. 2 million people, criminal aliens. we will begin moving them out day one as soon as i take office, day one. in joint operation with local, state and federal law enforcement. just so you understand, the police who we all respect, say hello to the police. boy, they don't get the credit they deserve, i can tell you. they're great people. but police and law enforcement, they know who these people are. they live with these people. they get mocked by these people. they can't do anything about these people and they want to.
they know who these people are. day one, my first hour in office, those people are gone! >> you can call it deported if you want, the press doesn't like that term, you can call it whatever you want, they're gone. beyond the 2 million and there are vast numbers of additional criminal illegal immigrants who have fled, but their days have run out in this country, the crime will stop, they're going to be gone, it will be over. they're going out fast, moving
forward. we will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings if we even have to do that. we will terminate the obama administration's deadly -- and it is deadly nonenforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely walk our streets, do whatever they want to do, crime all over the place. that's over. that's over, folks. that's over. since 2013 alone, the obama administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into united states
communities. these are individuals encountered or identified by ice but who were not detained or processed for deportation because it wouldn't have been politically correct. my plan also includes cooperating closely with local jurisdictions to remove criminal aliens immediately. we will restore the highly successful secure communities program. good program. we will expand and revitalize the popular 287 g partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails. that we don't even know about.
both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration and those were programs that worked. this is yet one more area where we are headed in a totally opposite direction. there's no common sense, there's no brain power in our administration by our leader or our leaders. none. none. none. on my first day in office, i am also going to ask congress to pass kate's law, named for kate to ensure that criminal aliens convicted of